The Exmoor Files: How I Lost A Husband And Found Rural Bliss Hardcover – 6 Aug 2009
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As an example of 'the truth about country life' genre, her book is brightly written and often funny (Christopher Hart THE SUNDAY TIMES)
Jones is a brilliant, witty writer (Amber Cowan LONDON LITE)
there lies a sort of steely courage: of a woman facing the process of ageing and mortality on her own, as best she can (Jane Shilling DAILY MAIL)
squirm-inducing, savagely funny.. you end up admiring her determined efforts to be happy, despite everything (Claire Allfree METRO)
Finding new friends, ruminating on her mistakes, looking back on a life of shopping and media-hugging, Jones finds a kind of solace in the bleak moors of Somerset (Marla Jones CATHOLIC HERALD)
a great tale and so very well told (Paul Blezard THE LADY)
Moving from Islington to Exmoor; one small step for mankind but a very large one for MAIL ON SUNDAY columnist Liz Jones.See all Product Description
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If it were possible I wouldn't have awarded this any stars at all. This book is one to avoid at all costs, tedious moaning and blatant untruths about modern rural life.
Having read Liz's column in The Mail On Sunday over the past few years, I did not feel this book contained a great deal of new material, and yes, the ex husband does get mentioned a lot (he is in the book's title after all).
Not a 'feel good' book, in fact towards the end I was desperately hoping to read that she had decided to move back to London, as her constant negativity and mounting financial problems became quite depressing.
I read for enjoyment and relaxation not to be ranted at about the injustice of a world that uses animals instead of befriending them. Liz tells us about the plight of horses, which is very sad, and then gives us a list of charities where we can adopt a horse (this is funny since a lot of the book is taken up by how difficult/expensive/prone to keel over dead rescue horses are). It's very preachy and got on my nerves.
Here's a woman who lives in a beautiful (in reality, it is not a run down dump - it is a gorgeous manor) house in one of the most spectacularly scenic parts of England where she rescues animals. For many people, this would be fulfilling but not Liz. Suddenly, after leaving London she wants to go back and slot back into her old life. Then on her trips back into London, she wants to be in Exmoor again.
I know she's a bit eccentric and I enjoy a good moan now and again but this was just a depressing collection of "sketches" that all have a tone of "woe is me". The tone of the book would be easier to believe if she wasn't sitting wrapped in designer cashmire on her designer couch typing it on her expensive laptop while her gardener and friend Nic took care of the animals, house and garden.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
You can't help but like Liz Jones inspite of all the designer name dropping.Great read for horse lovers.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I love reading Liz Jones in the Sunday Magazine as I really enjoy her writing style so I ordered the book thinking I might enjoy them too and I am thoroughly enjoying it.Published 7 months ago by Mrs Kirsty Amanda Walker
Sent quickly. Unfortunately, I just moved here and the book is sadly pretty accurate. Cant stand her whining, pity me style of writing but this book made me laugh, no wonder it got... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Scarlet
I red liz in the mail newspaper and don't know the fact from the fiction, she seems to swing from bragging to the poor me syndrome, she gives to people then resents it and... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Kindle Customer